Hyderabad Travel Guide

Love seeing artistic monuments, isn’t it? In that case, what could be better than the ethnic and pure beauty of the capital of Andhra Pradesh and the newly- formed Telangana? Yes, you guessed it right! If you desire a plethora of scenic views, with a dash of mouth-watering Mughlai cuisine, then Hyderabad is the way to go.

So if you have made up your mind to visit this city, enriched with an array of heritage and serenity- we will ease your work and provide you some guides to which places in Hyderabad you simply can’t miss-

1. Charminar.

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How could you go wrong with this? Charminar is considered one of the most globally-recognized landmarks in Hyderabad. Known for its majestic aura, Charminar was constructed in  1591 CE. Situated on the banks of the Musi river, it has been listed as an archaeological and architectural treasure on the ‘List Of Monuments’. The fifth ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah built the Charminar in 1591.

The Charminar is a square structure with four grand arches, each opening into four streets. Known for the ‘Char Minars’ i.e. the Minarets are an epitome of beauty within themselves.  With a double balcony, each minaret is crowned by a bulbous dome with dainty petal-like designs at the base. There are 149 winding steps to reach the upper floor.

2. Golconda fort.

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The Golconda fort, a major attraction at the tehsil of Golconda, is located to the west of Hyderabad. There had to be no second thought for the Archaeological Survey of India to include this masterpiece too, in the ‘List of Monuments’. This monument is known for its intricate and ahead of time designing.

The highest point of the fort is the “Bala Hissar”, which is located a kilometer away. The palaces, factories, water supply system and the famous “Rahban” cannon, within the fort are some of the major attractions. The fort contains the tombs of the Qutub Shahi kings and also the ‘Kala Mandir’.

The Naya Qila is an extension of the Golconda Fort.

If you are hungry for some general knowledge, the world-famous Kohinoor diamond was excavated from Golconda.

3. Hussain Sagar.

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Hussain Sagar is a lake in Hyderabad, India, built by Hazrat Hussain Shah Wali in 1562, during the rule of Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah.

Hussain Sagar is not any ordinary water body. In fact, it feels great to simply imagine that the ‘Sagar’ has a large Buddha statue adorning it. The experience of actually watching the Buddha is altogether an image to cherish.

4. The Bazaar culture.

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Begum Bazaar, Chatta Bazaar, Laad Bazaar- a trip to Hyderabad would mean endless shopping opportunities. While Laad Bazaar or Choodi Bazaar is famous for its wide options of bangles, Begum Bazaar is known for raking in deals worth crores of ₹.                             Chatta Bazar is known as one of the main markets for printing invitation cards, specifically calligraphed and decorated Urdu printing.

Happy shopping!

5. Salar Jung Museum.

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The Salar Jung Museum is an art museum located at Darushifa, on the southern bank of the Musi river.It has a collection of sculptures, paintings, carvings, textiles, manuscripts, ceramics, metallic artefacts, carpets, clocks, and furniture from Japan, China, Burma, Nepal, India, Persia, Egypt, Europe, and North America.

This arcade of historical collections awaits you with its wonderful collection comprising the paintings of legendary Raja Ravi Varma, Aurangzeb’s sword, jade crafted daggers of Emperor Jehangir, Noorjahan and Shah Jehan, a wardrobe of Tipu Sultan and a tiffin box made of gold and diamond.

6. Birla Mandir.

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Birla Mandir is a Hindu temple. It has taken 10 years to complete this wonder so obviously it has to be a visual treat to the eyes. The temple was constructed by Birla Foundation. The temple manifests a blend of Dravidian, Rajasthani and Utkala architectures. It is constructed of 2000 tons of pure white marble. The granite idol of presiding deity Lord Venkateswara is a spectacle to see and a carved lotus forms an umbrella on the top.

7. Ramoji Film City.

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At 2000 acres,Ramoji Film City is the largest integrated film city in the world. Also filled with natural and artificial attractions and also an amusement park, there is a treat for everyone at this South Indian Film City.

Ramoji Film City was established by Indian film producer Ramoji Rao, head of Ramoji Group, in 1996. The facility has been certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s largest film studio complex.The studio has produced films in a number of languages, including Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Oriya, Marathi, Bengali and international film industries.

So if you are a movie-freak, you very well know where to head when in Hyderabad. 😀

8. Falaknuma Palace.

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Found of majestic grandeur? The Falaknuma Palace should then surely be ticked off your list.

One of the highlights of the palace is the state reception room, where the ceiling is decorated with frescoes and gilded reliefs. The ballroom contains a two-ton manually operated organ said to be the only one of its kind in the world.
The palace has 60 lavishly decorated rooms and 22 spacious halls. It has some of the finest collections of the Nizam treasure. Falaknuma houses a large collection of rare treasures including paintings, statues, furniture, manuscripts and books.The jade collection at the palace is considered to be unique in the world.

9. Nehru Zoological Park.

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Nearly 100 species of birds, animals and reptiles are housed at the zoo, including indigenous animals like the Indian rhino, Asiatic lion, Bengal tiger, panther, gaur, Indian elephant, slender loris, python, as well as deer, antelopes and birds. The Mir Alam Tank, with its unique multiple arched bund, attracts hundreds of migratory birds.

The nocturnal house at the zoo artificially reverses night and day for the animals so that nocturnal animals are active while visitors are at the zoo. This exhibit includes fruit bats, slender loris, slow loris, civets, leopard cats, hedgehogs, barn owls, mottled wood owls, fishing owls, and great horned owls.There is also an aquarium, dino park, butterfly park and tortoise house.
For the bold and the adventurous, the zoo runs multiple safari trips each day through the safari area. The zoo also has special educational shows and feeding sessions scheduled each day. Other attractions include a natural history museum and a train.

So why go anywhere else, when Hyderabad has it all?

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